Historic! NASA DART Mission to crash into an asteroid; You can watch it live | Tech News

Historic! NASA DART Mission to crash into an asteroid; You can watch it live

NASA's DART Mission spacecraft will collide with an asteroid on September 26, 2022. Here is how you can watch it live.

| Updated on: Aug 25 2022, 19:17 IST
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2/6 Planetary astronomer Imke de Pater, professor emerita of the University of California, Berkeley said, “We hadn’t really expected it to be this good, to be honest. It’s really remarkable that we can see details on Jupiter together with its rings, tiny satellites, and even galaxies in one image.” (NASA)
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Know how to watch NASA's DART Mission crash into an asteroid live. (NASA )

NASA with its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Mission is all set to soon crash a spacecraft into an asteroid on September 26, 2022 to test planetary defence techniques. It can be known that the asteroid with which the spacecraft is going to collide is non-hazardous. If you want to watch the historic collision then you can know that NASA will be broadcasting it live. Informing about the same NASA tweeted, "Our #DARTMission will intentionally crash into an asteroid—which poses no threat to Earth—on Monday, Sept. 26. It's a test of planetary defense should we ever need it. And we're broadcasting it live."

The mission, if successful, will provide knowledge about what to do if an asteroid is actually heading for Earth and will crash into it, destroying much of humanity. According to the information provided by NASA, this will be the world's first mission to test technology for defending Earth against potential asteroid or comet hazards, will impact its target asteroid—which poses no threat to Earth—at 7:14 p.m. EDT on Monday, September 26.

Among other activities, NASA will host a televised briefing beginning at 6 p.m. on the day from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. APL is the builder and manager of the DART spacecraft for NASA.

"The spacecraft will deliberately collide with a target asteroid—which poses no threat to Earth—to change its speed and path. If successful, DART's kinetic impact method could be used in the future if a hazardous asteroid on a collision course with Earth were ever discovered," NASA said in a report.

When and where to watch NASA's DART Mission crash into an asteroid live

On Monday, September 26 at 6 p.m., the live coverage of DART's impact with the asteroid Dimorphos will air on NASA TV and the agency's website. The public also can watch live on agency social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. DART's kinetic impact with asteroid Dimorphos will happen at 7:14 p.m.

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First Published Date: 25 Aug, 19:17 IST